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Old September 24, 2000, 07:13 PM   #1
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This has always been difficult for me. The only way to put the rod in the barrel is muzzle first. This causes problems (scraping the crown, damaging barrel). Being clumbsy, I HAVE scraped the crown before. Is there a way to scrub the barrel (or something to buy) that would lessen the chance of causing damage when I clean the barrel out?
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Old September 24, 2000, 08:18 PM   #2
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I use a bore guide that the cleaning rod slides through. It's basically a plastic cone with a hole through it that allows the rod to pass through.
You install the guide onto the cleaning rod, witht he small end twards the cleaning end of the rod and then thread your brush, jag, or whatever onto the rod. You put the tapered end into the muzzle, how far it goes in depends on the caliber you are cleaning, the larger the caliber the further in it will go, and clean away.
Mine came with a pistol cleaning kit from RIG.
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Old September 25, 2000, 02:00 AM   #3
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Is your cleaning rod made of steel ? If not, you really don't have anything to worry about. A brass, aluminum, or plastic cleaning rod won't hurt your barrel.
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Old September 25, 2000, 02:39 AM   #4
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There is a crowd that says that brass, plastic-coated or aluminum rods can pick up bits of fouling and dirt; then scratching the bore as the rod is shoved thru.
Steel rods won't pick up that kind of debris, since it is harder.

Myself, I still use brass, Al, steel, and plastic-coated rods.
I just make sure there isn't all kinds of grit around the benchtop, and I wipe the rod with a cloth after each pass through the bore.

Well, actually, I only adhere to this with my Anschutz Exemplar, my AR, some finer .22 revolvers, and my Dad's 722 in .222Rem.

Guns that are that accurate need a nice bore.

It is my opinion that the combat accuracy of a 3" .38 Special will not be adversely affected by a few small scratches in the bore.

Nicks on the crown however, can throw bullets wild.

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Old September 25, 2000, 06:32 AM   #5
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With care a Hoppes "Tornado" brush can clean the forcing cone and end of cylinder of lead very well, even though it is spun stainless steel.
The effect on D/A pull can be dramatic as is the speed of cleaning the lead off.

Jacketed bullets need a solvent such as Hoppes #9 and a bronze brush, but I don't use many of those due to cost.

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Old September 25, 2000, 07:43 AM   #6
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Could anybody tell me which part is the crown.

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Old September 25, 2000, 08:27 AM   #7
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The crown is the end of the bbl the bullet comes out of. Ideally it is true and square with the bore so that bullet release is simultanious around its circumference. Usually it is counter bored or radiused so that a minor ding will not mess up the actual exit hole. Any ding or rod erosion in the end of the hole itself will usually affect accuracy.

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Old September 25, 2000, 08:28 PM   #8
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I use a steel rod and a muzzle guide, though mine guide is brass and not plastic. Used properly, you won't damage your barrel crown.

I don't like aluminum rods because I've actually seen stuff ground into them that sure looked like it would be hard on the barrel. Anyone want to buy a few three piece aluminum rods? Cheap?
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Old September 26, 2000, 04:55 PM   #9
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Sam - Thanks.

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